Tasmanian Living Artists' Week 2007
Tasmanian Living Artists' Week is a ten-day state-wide festival which celebrates Tasmania's exceptional visual artists.
Tasmanian Living Artists' Week is an example of the true community spirit that exists throughout Tasmania. The program is largely uncurated, coming from registrations from individuals, community groups and organisations around the island state. The result is a program that reflects the inspiration and enthusiasm of artists in Tasmania.
2007 marked the fourth Tasmanian Living Artists' Week. From Friday 24 August until Sunday September, events for all ages and artistic inclinations were held around the state. Audiences could meet and learn from Tasmanian artists by attending workshops, artist talks and forums, or by visiting an exhibition.
Tasmanian Living Artists' Week is a biennial festival, and 2005 saw over 700 artists participate in more than 375 events in 45 locations, attracting thousands of people to a huge variety of venues state-wide. This year more than 1000 artists participated in over 300 events in 60 locations around the state.
The aims of Tasmanian Living Artists' Week include:
- to celebrate the vibrancy of Tasmania's visual arts
- to promote Tasmanian artists to encourage the public
- to engage with and purchase Tasmanian art
- to encourage greater community awareness and involvement in the visual arts in regional Tasmania
- to enhance Tasmania's reputation as an innovative and exciting arts destination.
Some of the 2007 program highlights included:
Local Connections Exhibition Program - presented by Hydro Tasmania
In partnership with Tasmanian Regional Arts, Local Connections brought over 400 individual artists within regional communities together into a combined show. Twenty-two exhibitions took place around Tasmania, with each exhibition being supported by a prominent feature artist who helped promote the exhibition and held a public talk during the week. The exhibition program was truly a state-wide showcase of Tasmanian art.
Botanical Art Program - exhibitions, workshops and brunch
The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens in Hobart, and the Tasmanian Arboretum at Eugenana, hosted botanical art exhibitions by prominent and emerging Tasmanian artists. A series of family workshops were held in conjunction with the Hobart exhibition, and an artist talk brunch by Lauren Black in the Botanical Gardens Restaurant was a highlight.
Press Club Lunch
Reg Mombassa, founding member of the band Mental as Anything and the man behind the irreverent designs of Mambo Graphics, spoke at the Country Club, Launceston, and engaged the audience with his quirky art and humour.
An Artwork at My Table
The Stillwater Restaurant at Launceston hosted An Artwork at My Table, the premier food and wine event within the Tasmanian Living Artists' Week calendar.
Over a five-course degustation with matched Tasmanian wines, guests had the chance to view and bid for artworks based on the degustation course themes. During the evening, $2850 was raised to support Tasmanian Devil Facial Disease research.
David Keeling Monograph launch and tribute dinner
David Keeling, one of Tasmania's foremost contemporary painters, was recognised as the 2007 Treasured Tasmanian with the publication of a monograph about his life and works by Quintus Press. Moorilla Estate hosted a special tribute where David was "In Conversation" with fellow artist Lindsay Broughton and writer David Hansen.
Pure Tasmania Gallery Crawl
The Pure Tasmania Gallery Crawl is always one of the most memorable events of the Tasmanian Living Artists' Week program for Hobart and Launceston.
Once again it was a huge success in 2007 with hundreds of participants riding the buses and soaking up the art in their local galleries.
Shop-Front Art Trail
The shopping precinct in North Hobart came alive with over 100 artworks adorning the shop-front displays of stores ranging from shoe shops to butchers!
Taking art to the streets, the Shop-Front Art Trail engages a whole new audience by placing art in unexpected locations. Thanks to the North Hobart businesses for their ongoing support of this event.
All regional, council, artist-run and commercial galleries, along with independent artists, were invited to register their exhibitions to be a part of Tasmanian Living Artists' Week. A diverse range of exhibitions took place around the state, highlighting the work of both professional and emerging artists, and offering Tasmanians a plethora of art experiences.